Holly ball ornament

holly ball smoothfoam ornament

How about making a lovely holly ball ornament for a gift this season? I just love working with felt – it makes everything look so soft and rich. This ornament is easy to make with just a few supplies.

  • 3″ Smoothfoam ball
  • Green felt
  • Green craft pain
  • Red alcohol ink
  • Pearl-head straight pins
  • Ribbon
  • Craft glue
  • Paint brush, scissors, skewer

Push the skewer into the pre-drilled pilot hole of the Smoothfoam ball to use as a handle and paint the ball green; set aside to dry. TIP:  Keep a scrap block of Smoothfoam handy to push skewers and pins into for drying.

Dip the pearl heads of the straight pins into red alcohol ink; set aside to dry.

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Trim holly leaves out of small squares of green felt. Random points and curves look the best! Glue the leaves around the painted ball, overlapping each slightly – leave some the points unglued. Make sure the pilot hole is at the top.

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Push red pins down through the leaves into the ball in groups of three for berries. Make a loop of ribbon and tie a double overhand knot at the end. Remove the skewer from the ball and squeeze some glue down into the pilot hole. Push the ribbon knot down into the glue with the skewer; let dry before hanging.

Ornaments with vintage charm

vintage style smoothfoam ornaments

We all love the ornaments we remember seeing on the Christmas tree in our grandparents’ (or even our great-grandparents’) home. Re-create your family favorites with Smoothfoam balls and some very inspiring craft techniques. Try your hand at tissue decoupage, no-sew fabric piecing, clay molding and more with these fun tutorials from talented designers.

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victorian style smoothfoam ornament

smoothfoam quilted ornament

vintage santa smoothfoam ornament

 

 

Holiday ball ornaments for all seasons

holiday ball ornaments

Who says you can only hang ornaments on a Christmas tree? We love to see ornaments made with everyday materials like cording, paper, buttons, yarn and fabric scraps. Smoothfoam balls make any ornament project easy and more fun! After the tree comes down, these all-season ornaments can be hung from your lamp switches, doorknobs, under cabinets, or on your curtain tie-backs.

Metallic ball

Ball of yarn

Fabric scrap ball

Cord-wrapped ball

Paper hearts ball

Button ball

 

Photo cube ornament

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This photo cube ornament is quick and easy to make with your favorite papers, punches and embellishments. I started with a 3″ Smoothfoam cube and 3″ squares of scrapbook paper. You can drill a hole through the center of the cube with a hot wire tool or just use a large wood skewer. Push it carefully through the cube from top to bottom, pull it out and push it through a few more times all around the original hole to make it a bit larger. Be prepared to wipe up some foam crumbs.

smoothfoam cube

You can adhere the paper to each side of the cube with tacky glue or a gluestick, but I just used pearl-head straight pins in the corners. Push them in at an angle toward the center of the cube. Cut slits or punch a small hole in the center of the papers you choose for the top and bottom. Punch out shapes from cardstock for framing small photos and embellish however you like. Fold long pieces of ribbon in half and push the folded end (loop) through the hole with the skewer from the bottom up to the top. Tie off the ribbons with knots or bows at the top and bottom to secure in place for hanging.

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Stenciled Heart with Crackle Paste

stenciled smoothfoam heart lisa fulmer

Smoothfoam is a great surface for so many techniques, and one that is super fun is stenciling with crackle paste! With Valentine’s Day coming up, hearts are in season, but who said they have to be pink and red? I decided to show my love with a little purple and mint green.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam flat heart – 3″ or 6″
Craft paints – purple, mint
DecoArt Media Crackle Paste
Stencil
Paint marker
Washi tape, ribbon
Self-adhesive gems
Tropical Punch beads and long headpin
Short straight pins
Glue, paintbrush, wedge sponge, palette knife

Paint the top and sides of the heart purple, let dry. Mix a dab of mint paint into a heaping teaspoon of crackle paste to tint.

Anchor the stencil on top of the heart with a few pins and make sure it’s completely flat.

crackle paste through stencilSpread the paste smoothly across the stencil with the palette knife.

crackle medium smoothfoam heartCarefully remove the pins and stencil and scrape excess paste off the edges of the heart. Let dry for at least a couple of hours.

Use a paint marker to color in desired areas of the stencil design. Embellish with a few gems.

beads bling smoothfoam heartPlace beads on the head pin and push into the top of the heart as shown.

washi tape smoothfoam heartPress a long strip of washi tape all around the top edge of the heart to give it a more finished look.

ribbon hanger smoothfoam heartTo hang, glue a ribbon loop to the back of the heart and secure with pins.

Snowman Floral Picks

Smoothfoam snowman Floral PicksI picked up these adorable little Santa hats at a conference I attended recently and I immediately knew what I wanted to make with them – snowman floral picks! I am not a skilled painter, so I am pretty sure that anyone – including older kids – could make this project with ease.

Supplies:

1-3/8″Smoothfoam balls
2″ Smoothfoam balls
Craft paints – white, black, orange, pink
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Paint brush, pencil eraser, craft sticks
Craft knife
Heavy-duty craft glue
Mini Santa hats

Smoothfoam snowman santa floral pick

Insert a craft stick into each ball (cut a starter slice with a craft knife first) and paint each ball white, then prop up inside a cup to dry.

Dot the eyes with black paint and a pencil eraser. Use the end of a paint brush to dot on the mouth.

Paint orange noses on each ball and add some pale pink cheeks. Set aside to dry.

Add glitter accents to the snowman’s face as desired.

Glue on the Santa hats and insert your Santa Snowmen into your holiday wreath or centerpiece.

Rag Ball Ornament

Rag Ball smoothfoam Ornament

This year, I wanted to do a small Christmas tree for the dining room. A simple, homespun tree with handmade ornaments and strung cranberries. Rag ball ornaments are just the right touch! But instead of just wrapping strips of fabric until they formed a ball, I made the rag ball using Smoothfoam.

smoothfoam Rag Ball Ornament Supplies

Supplies used:

2″ Smoothfoam ball
Fabric scraps cut into 3/4″ strips
Decoupage medium
Twine, ribbon
Craft glue
Paintbrush, sanding block

Directions:

Lightly sand away the center seam on the Smoothfoam ball.

Apply decoupage medium to the back of each fabric strip and adhere to the ball.

Work with one strip at a time until the ball is fully covered, leaving the pilot hole uncovered at the top of the ball.

Brush a coat of medium over the ball to finish and seal.

Dab a bit of glue into the pilot hole and insert the ends of a twine loop to use as the ornament hanger. Let dry.

Glue a bow on top and enjoy!

Bird Ornament

smoothfoam Bird Ornament

These easy bird ornaments are fun for the whole family to make. Hang them from the tree or place in a wreath or holiday centerpiece.

Materials:

1-3/4″ Smoothfoam egg
Two 1” Smoothfoam eggs
1” Smoothfoam ball
Acrylic paint
Glitter
Tacky glue
Small acrylic jewels: two rounda and two diamonda
Craft knife, sandpaper, paint brush

1.  Sand the seams of the Smoothfoam pieces smooth. Cut the 1” eggs in half lengthwise, sand and rough edges and cut side. The pilot hole on the ball will be used for the bird’s beak.  Sand the bottom of the ball (head) and the top of the large egg (body) where the ball will be glued.

2.  Glue the ball to the large egg. Glue the half-eggs on the sides of the large egg for wings. Glue another half-egg for a tail.

3.  Paint the bird with the color of your choice. Add glitter while the paint is wet and glue on any embellishments that you like.

4.  Glue two diamond-shaped jewels together in the pilot hole for the beak. Glue round jewels (or beads) on the head for eyes.

Push an eye pin down into the bird’s back for a ribbon hanger or poke a toothpick in the bottom for adding to a wreath or centerpiece.

Green Bird Smoothfoam Ornament

Smoothfoam Christmas Ornaments – 3 Ways!

smoothfoam-Christmas-Tree ornamentsCreate a modern take on Christmas by creating colorful ornaments the easy way: with Smoothfoam! Today I am sharing a bright idea to decorate and create ornaments with Smoothfoam trees as the base. These are fun, quick, and a great craft to make with the kids.

A few years ago I started a tradition of buying ornaments for Christmas for the kids. Each year, every child in the family chooses an ornament, we tag it with the year, and then add it to their collection. When they start a family of their own or get their first place, I’ll gift the box to them filled with all of their heirloom ornaments. Read more about this tradition here: Holiday Ornament Tradition.

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This year, we’re going to try our hands at making ornaments! Smoothfoam is easy to paint, decoupage, drill, cut, and more. Because Smoothfoam is lightweight and won’t break like glass, it’s the perfect surface for making ornaments with the kids or that are cat-proof. Here are a few more ornaments I created with Smoothfoam to make a bright, fun set:

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Gather the following supplies to create these Smoothfoam Holiday Ornaments:

Smoothfoam tree
Hot glue
Acrylic paint
Paint pens
Paint brushes, pencil, ruler
Sequins, eyepins (for jewelry)
Scissors
Embroidery floss
Silver cord

 

Watch the video above to see how I made all these fun ornaments. You can buy Smoothfoam online or at your favorite local craft supply retailers.

For more projects like this, check out my blog at Just JP.